Civilian license not required. Operator must have military driver's license in possession.
Lost or expired drivers license
If a California resident loses his or her license while stationed in another state or country, the driver can get a replacement at any DMV office when he returns here. For a lost license, no test is necessary. For a renewal, the written test must be taken. The driving test normally is not required.
Californias Graduated Driver License
Once a teen gets a provisional license, the following conditions apply:
*For the first 6 months (or until age 18)
*For the second 6 months (or until age 18)
Every driver or motor vehicle owner in California MUST have vehicle insurance with a MINIMUM coverage of $15,000/30,000 liability and $5,000 property damage insurance or a surety bond in the same amounts.
All motorists in California must carry a registration certificate.
It is necessary to carry the registration certificate for your vehicle if your home state requires that it be carried.
Out-of-state registration is valid if the owner is a member of the US armed forces or the spouse of a member and the vehicle is currently registered in the owners state of residence or last duty station.
Out-of-state registration is NOT valid if a military member purchases a vehicle from a non-resident, unless the vehicle is immediately registered in the purchasers state of residence or California.
Non-resident military registration - Active duty members and spouses may register their vehicles in California under a special Vehicle Code provision at a reduced fee provided the member or spouse is listed as the primary owner.
Registration and Smog Laws
A car registered in another state that has no smog devices is legal to drive in California as long as it is equipped as required in the other state.
Vehicles are prohibited from emitting excessive exhaust and will be cited for air pollution, even if the car is registered in another state.
All new unregistered motor vehicles that are brought into California whose odometers read less than 7,500 miles must meet smog requirements and must be equipped with a California emission system before they can be registered.*
A sales (use) tax will be required when registering a vehicle purchased overseas with the INTENT of using it in California.
Smog Control Requirements
Selling a Vehicle - If you sell a vehicle in California, you must furnish the purchaser with certification that the vehicle meets California emission standards.
Imported vehicles from another country must meet both California Air Resources Board and federal EPA/DOT requirements before they can be registered in California.
* There may be some exceptions to the above information. For more specifics about California smog requirements, you can call the California Air Resources Board at 1-800-242-4450.
Muffler and Exhaust
No modifications are allowed to increase or amplify the noise from your vehicle.
Vehicle must be equipped with an adequate exhaust system to prevent any unusual or excessive noise.
Only windows that can be coated with "after market" tinting are those located BEHIND the drivers seat or front seat.
Any tinting, regardless of how light, is illegal on front side windows, wind wings and windshield.
If the back window is tinted, the vehicle must be equipped with outside mirrors on the left and right.
Raised suspension on a vehicle CANNOT exceed the legal height limitations which are based on the "gross vehicle weight rating".
Call any California Highway Patrol office for information before you change the height of your vehicle.
It is unlawful at any time to drive with only parking lights on.
background-color: #cccccc; color: red">It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.
Implied Consent - Any person who has been granted the privilege of driving a motor vehicle in California is presumed to have given implied consent to law enforcement to conduct chemical testing of the motorists blood or breath.
0.08 DUI Law - Any person driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is in violation of the law, as is anyone driving with a blood alcohol reading of 0.08% or higher.
Truckers' DUI - It is illegal for a driver to operate a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol reading of 0.04% or higher. (An operator will be put out of service for 24 hours with a reading of 0.01% or higher.)
Californias Zero Tolerance law provides that a driver under 21 years of age with a blood alcohol reading of 0.01% or higher on a Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) device may have his license revoked or suspended.
A driver under 21 with a blood alcohol reading of 0.05% or higher is subject to arrest and license suspension or revocation.
It is unlawful for an owner or driver to keep an open container of alcohol in a vehicle except in the trunk or in some other area out of the immediate control of the occupants.
It is also unlawful for passengers to possess an open container of alcohol. An open container can be carried legally in a van, station wagon or hatchback if it is in the rear-most portion, out of the immediate control of passengers.
General Rules of the Road
Safety Belt Laws
All persons riding in a motor vehicle must be buckled up, even if the vehicle is registered in another state.
Safety belt laws apply to passengers riding in the back of pickup trucks or in campers with shells. These passengers must be secured in federally-approved after-market seats equipped with safety belts.
Children up to six years of age or up to 60 pounds must be secured in a federally-approved safety seat or booster seat.
To stay alert, pull off at the nearest highway exit or rest stop and take a break every 100 miles or every two hours.
If You Are In a Collision
Pull out of traffic lanes if there are no injuries. Show your drivers license, registration and insurance information to the other driver.
File an SR-1 collision report with the DMV within 10 days if someone was injured or the damage was over $500.
Check Ahead For Road and Weather Conditions
Road info from California telephones: 1-800-427-7623 (ROAD)
California road info from outside the state: 1-916-445-1534
CHP 919 (Rev. 10-09) OPI 013